Duo's Personality
I heard it all before
So don't knock down my door
I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser
To slag me down because I know I'm right
So go do what you like
Make sure you do it wise
You find out that your self doubt means
nothing was ever there
You can't go forcing something if it's just not right

No time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around...

(-- From "When I Come Around" by Green Day)

Duo's Keirsey Personality Type

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
--Margaret Mead

Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity.
--Albert Camus

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
--Hermann Hesse

I went through the Keirsey Temperment Sorter and took a wild stab at guessing how Duo would answer the questions. I was surprised at how well the answer the sorter spit out fit him, actually. Maybe I managed to do a decent job answering the questions. ^^;; Before I get started, please keep in mind that all the intensive psychobabble is lifted directly from the Keirsey temperment sorter webpage (www.keirsey.com). I will attempt to do a little analysis of my own on what Keirsey has to say, but I'm not holding my breath for it to be really good.

If you would like to take the test, go to this URL: http://www.keirsey.com/cgi-bin/keirsey/newkts.cgi

It said that first of all, Duo belongs to the general personality type NF, which is called "idealist." (if you hadn't already guessed, all three of the quotes above belong to idealists)

IDEALIST NFs, being ABSTRACT in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in DIPLOMATICINTEGRATION. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations are usually teaching and counseling (NFJ mentoring), orconferring and tutoring (NFP advocating). And they would if they could be sages in one of these forms of social development. The Idealisttemperament have an instinct for interpersonal integration, learn ethics with ever increasing zeal, sometimes become diplomatic leaders, andoften speak interpretively and metaphorically of the abstract world of their imagination.

This first paragraph really jumped out at me because I can see Duo in it. He's extremely good at communicating (some would say TOO good) and he tries to work cooperatively with others for the most part, even if the other pilots don't particularly want to work cooperatively with HIM. Duo-sama is very much a people person, as can be seen by the ease with which he makes friends. He might actually enjoy the constant moves that the pilots make, to some degree, because it allows him to meet and befriend new people on a regular basis. At the same time it would be a little hard on him, just because he is leaving behind his new acquaintances constantly…though if you watch, while he does befriend new people in each location, he doesn't really get close to any of them, which minimizes any pain he might feel at separation. The only people he is truly close to are the other pilots. As for the rest of it, I can certainly see Duo learning ETHICS with ever increasing zeal, an odd conflict considering his spotty past and present. I would say that he has the ethics, and believes in them, but at the same time is pragmatic enough to know when he has to discard them (he isn't a total NF…that's just the category he fits in best). And speaking interpretively and metaphorically about the abstract world of his imagination…well…just look at him. ^_^

They are proud of themselves in the degree they are authentic in action, respect themselves in the degree they are benevolent, and feelconfident of themselves in the degree they are empathic. Idealist types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningfulrelationships, wish for a little romance each day, trust their intuitive feelings implicitly, aspire for profundity. This is the "Identity SeekingPersonality" -- credulous about the future, mystical about the past, and their preferred time and place are the future and the pathway. Educationally they go for the humanities, avocationally for ethics, and vocationally for personnel work.

This paragraph is a little more difficult. When I answered the questions, the results showed a great deal of empathy, but at the same time, a bit of removal. I think that Duo is a very empathic, authentic person, but at the same time, he has been forced to remove himself a little from the world, so that he can continue to do his job. Considering the personality that he seems to have, it must be a hard thing indeed for a sensitive individual to kill like Duo has to. It indicates a strength of will and a strength in belief that is quite remarkable. You can really see the removal when he is piloting…the psychotic laughter, the maniacal smile. To me, it looks like the response of someone that is forcing themselves to stay a little detached from what is happening; there are two options in his situation, he can either make himself laugh about what he does, see it in a less than real light, or he can be torn apart by the conflict between his beliefs and his actions. Another reason that Duo chooses to detach himself, perhaps not becoming as close to new people he meets as he would like to is the fact that everyone in his life that he has ever loved has died. Considering the depths of his feelings and how sharply he must feel him, the guilty certainty that everything he loves dies must eat at him terribly; he is put in a position where he can't NOT reach out for people, because of who he is, but at the same time, he can't make himself reach out all the way because he is afraid of seeing another person he cares for die. Perhaps that is why he allows himself to be so close to the other Gundam pilots-he can be fairly certain that they won't leave him easily, since they're all so strong. Whatever his reasons, he chooses to see what he does in a less real light, because as long as he is laughing, he can continue to function.
Now, as far as Duo's preferred time and place being the future and the pathway...I interpret that as meaning the future and how you get there. (Stop me if I'm wrong ^_^) Which makes a great deal of sense to me. He looks forward to the future, but at the same time, he's committed to enjoying himself in the present, so he gets the fullest out of life because his future is so uncertain. He doesn't dwell as much on the past as you'd think he would, considering what happened...while it's still very real to him, he doesn't LIVE in the past; he just remembers it.
And then...deep, meaningful relationships and romance. Well...I can't really get into that without getting really yaoi. ;)

Social relationships: In their family interactions they strive for mutuality, provide spiritual intimacy for the mates, opportunity for fantasy fortheir children, and for themselves continuous self-renewal. Idealists do not abound, being as few as 8% and nor more than 10% of thepopulation.

I'm not going to get in on this one, because I see the possibility for some serious Yaoi implications. *maniacal laugh* I'll just say that I think it speaks for itself.
And I can definitely see Duo as being a fairly rare kind of person. ;)

Portrait of the Champion (eNFp):

Copyrighted © 1996 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.

The Champion Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in accomplishing their aims, and informative and extraverted whenrelating with others. For Champions, nothing occurs which does not have some deep ethical significance, and this, coupled with their uncannysense of the motivations of others, gives them a talent for seeing life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil.This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population, but they have great influence because of their extraordinary impact onothers. Champions are inclined to go everywhere and look into everything that has to do with the advance of good and the retreat of evil in theworld. They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affectour lives. And then they are eager to relate the stories they've uncovered, hoping to disclose the "truth" of people and issues, and to advocatecauses. This strong drive to unveil current events can make them tireless in conversing with others, like fountains that bubble and splash,spilling over their own words to get it all out.

Seeing life as an exciting drama? Inclined to go everywhere and look at everything? Can't stand missing out? Tireless in conversing with others? My, this doesn't sound at all like someone we know, does it? :D

Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part ofthemselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience. Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in somedanger of losing touch with their real feelings, which eNFps possess in a wide range and variety. In the same vein, eNFps strive toward a kindof spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to "be themselves" is usually communicated nonverbally to others, who find itquite attractive. All too often, however, eNFps fall short in their efforts to be authentic, and they tend to heap coals of fire on themselves,berating themselves for the slightest self-conscious role-playing.

Duo fits into this very well, I think, or rather, it fits him very well. Duo is very alive, and determined to live his life to the fullest while he still can, and is intensely and genuinely emotional at times, notably when he isn't piloting Shinigami. When he is piloting his Gundam, he appears emotional…but I believe that's all it is, an appearance. When he's involved in fighting, he uses laughter to split himself off from the reality of the situation. That is where you can refer part of himself being split off to; he has to divorce himself a little from the world, keep a small part of himself uninvolved with what is going on or he will go insane because of what he is forced to do for his ideals. So, when Duo is not piloting Shinigami, he is intensely devoted to living , feeling, and simply being, perhaps to prove to himself that he still can after what he's been doing. And, as the description says, I know that others find it quite attractive. ;)

Famous ENFPs:
Molly Brown
Carl Rogers
Leon Trotsky
Thomas Paine
Charlotte Bronte
Oliver Stone

Love and Champions

Note: In this, Advocate=Champion

Pygmalion Project: The Advocates

excerpted from The Pygmalion Project: Volume 3 The Idealists, by Dr. Stephen Montgomery

Copyright © 1989 Stephen Montgomery

While the shy, seclusive Monastics (Myers's "INFPs") devote themselves largely to cultivating inner purity, the high-spirited Advocates(Myers's "ENFPs") turn their energies outward to investigate the public world and to develop their social awareness. Keirsey calls theAdvocates "keen and penetrating observers," who "can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them." And he has referred to them bothas "Apocalyptics" and "Heralds" because of their fervent desire to spread the news of their experience of good and evil.

Brimming with life, Advocates live more spontaneously "in-the-flesh" than Monastics, and at first glance they can be rather easily mistaken forArtisans. But more than simply seeking the excitement of new experiences, Advocates are interested in understanding the significance ofthings, and more than simply taking people as they find them, Advocates care about nurturing ethical and sympathetic social relationships. Tobe sure (and unlike the impulsive Artisans), Advocates are serious and conscientious in their relationships, wanting to nourish human potentialand to awaken what they believe to be the latent morality in their fellow-men. In a word, Advocates are romantic in their relation to the realworld, seeing high drama in their quest for life, and hearing an irresistible call to enlighten those around them.

Although Advocates are thus more public-minded than the Monastics, and more confident in dealing with people, they are only slightly moredirective in their private interactions. Like all the Idealists, Advocates want harmony above all else in their personal relationships, and they arefar more inclined to "re-form" their loved ones by presenting them with information than by giving them commands. Nevertheless, Advocatescan be quite coercive in their role-informative style of defining relationships. Advocates delight in free discussions of current issues -- theyburn with convictions and bubble with meaningful details, yearning to unveil what they believe to be the "true story" of significant events. Attimes, Advocates will champion a cause with such zeal that they can be carried away with the rightness of their position, and find themselvespreaching to their friends and loved ones, trying fervently to convince them of their point of view. Indeed, in their penchant for investigatingand reporting "the truth," Advocates can quite easily strain their relationships by reading too much into their loved ones' behavior, byover-interpreting the hidden meanings in their loved ones' words, and by overstating their own romantic views as apocalyptic revelations.

I just thought that this was interesting, just because I see these characteristics in most stories about Duo where he has a romantic relationship someone, though it's definitely highlighted in yaoi stories where his partner is Heero. Cool, ne?

Just as a side item of note, as far as I can tell, the other pilots are:
Trowa: (He's the one I had to guess the most on…) Generally, an SJ, which is called a "Guardian." In particular, an ISTJ, which is called an "Inspector." [Let me know if you think this is accurate to Trowa]

Wufei: Generally, an SJ, which is called a "Guardian." In particular, an ISTJ, called an "Inspector"

Quatre: Generally, an NF "idealist" just like Duo. In particular, an INFP, which is a "Healer."

Heero: I got an ISTJ on him, which I think is kind of strange because Heero always struck me as more of an extremely introverted INTJ. I don't know. What do you think?

I'm not bothering to do anything detailed with them, because this IS a DUO shrine! At some point, I might do Heero's profile out, just because…heh heh heh…but right now, if you'd like to find out more about the personality for the other pilots, go to www.keirsey.com

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